Sir Menken has
a feudal relationship with his Clerks (what some call "Protégés"),
a contract with obligations binding on both parties. Menken's Clerks
are not servants. They are at once his students, his apprentices and
his protégés. They are considered to be born of noble
blood and are treated as such.
pledge to strive to serve as best they may, and to always
uphold the ideals of chivalry, courtesy, valour and hospitality that
foundations of our Society. They swear to honour his lady, Dame Eleanor,
and also pledge their personal service to Menken as his Clerk, and freely
swear personal fealty to him, and through him, to the Crown of Ealdormere.
In return, upon taking the Clerk into his personal service, Menken pledges
to protect and to nurture the Clerk; to teach and otherwise encourage
their development in courtesy and service; to provide what
guidance and counsel he can; and to advance their cause when appropriate.
Further, the Clerks are promised always to have a seat at Menken's table
and a dry place to sleep under his roof, and they will fall under his
protection so long as he remains their Lord.
each of his Clerks
with the traditional yellow belt as a sign of the feudal relationship
they have entered into. They
are given also a banner of the household badge so that all may know
they represent House Fettered Fleur.
the household badge on a red field to symbolize their membership in
the household as one of Sir Menken's dependents.